This episode is a part of a mini-season titled, “Sustainability is a Buzzword”. A series of conversations about conservation, water, agriculture, creativity, and everyday life. They took place in Paonia, CO as part of an artist-in-residence program at the ever-magical Elsewhere Studios. 

Eric Darby is one of the most interesting people I’ve met over the past couple of years. He lives on an earthship on a mesa in North Fork Valley of Colorado completely off the grid with his family. He was trained as a commercial pilot and aircraft mechanic in the military. After serving his obligation, he flew for a little bit for a paycheck but not for very long. He wanted freedom and found it by designing the exact life he wanted, which meant learning how to be incredibly resourceful.

Eric and I went deep on feelings around money, how exactly he raised a happy family on very little, goals for their land, his approach to parenting, living off the grid, creating space and time for processing, relationships, and more. Listen above or on iTunes or Spotify.

Show notes 

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • how money feels like prostitution to him and why he doesn’t borrow it 
  • how he started a business making lamps and lampshades to stay home and homeschool his kids 
  • how he’s made an average of $7500/year for his whole working life since he was 16 
  • but how he and his family haven’t felt they lacked anything
  • why his family is able to continue to live on the same property together to this day 
  • what an earthship is
  • how it took a long time to figure out what he likes to do 
  • how he and his family want to turn their property into a space to be creative 
  • the importance of giving kids space and time to figure out what they want 
  • his peace walk across the country
  • living off the grid
  • the details of harvesting rain water
  • saving via being frugal 
  • our relative relationships to alcohol 
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